Welcome to Sixth Grade! I am very excited to be a 6th grade teacher at Belle Heth. On top of being part of a great team, I am equally excited about the fact that I teach English! My hope this year is to impart to each of my students a love of our language and reading. We will read amazing books, short stories, articles, poetry, and more!
Before teaching sixth grade, I taught fifth grade for two years in Giles County and third grade here at Belle Heth. This is my third year teaching sixth grade and I absolutely LOVE IT! These experiences have shaped me into a teacher who understands the developmental level of upper elementary students and the many joys and challenges they face as they work along in their education.
I committed to graduate from Christiansburg High School in 2008. I also committed to graduate from Radford University in 2012. Along my journey to graduating, I met many challenges, but more prevalent than those challenges were the opportunities that led me to become the teacher that I am. There is not doubt, had I not had the loving and nurturing teachers that I did in elementary school, I would not be where I am today. I am especially thankful for my 5th Grade teacher, Mrs. Landreth, who taught me to love my heritage, the English language, and the art of penmanship. Additionally numerous teachers throughout middle and high school helped me develop into the person I am today, and for that I am ever grateful. My college career was challenging too; however, I will never forget how my freshman year English professor praised me in front of my whole class as to how wonderful my writing was. Her words echo yet in my mind, "Andrew, you have wonderful voice in your writing!" This simple comment from a college professor changed my whole outlook on English class. I had never felt good at anything related to English, but that simple comment helped me see that I was somebody. I was somebody who could graduate, and graduate with honors. I did just that in 2012. That English professor gave me the adrenaline to go forward and reach my goal.
You are invited to check out my websites below full of information that can help you succeed this school year! Here you will find many links to resources and websites that can help you review content covered in class and springboard your own studies of topics we address.
I am looking forward to a great year and wish you equal joy in all of your educational endeavors.
Mr. Andrew J. Graham